Vietnamese food in Cabramatta
Bustling Cabramatta, home to Australia’s largest Vietnamese community, is lined with traditional Vietnamese eateries. You can join a guided tour or explore the area yourself and discover the authentic ingredients, fresh produce and cultural influences behind the delectable cuisine. Make sure you try a bowl of pho, a delicious soup of spices and noodles with sliced beef or chicken.
A lively market atmosphere, Cabramatta is a delightful destination in Sydney’s south-west for a day trip. The train journey from Sydney’s city centre is less than an hour. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the bustling streets and arcades around Freedom Plaza, in the vibrant town centre.
Along the main thoroughfare of John Street, which runs west from Cabramatta Station, you'll find a plethora of shops. Freedom Plaza is also packed with things to see, do, buy and eat. Cabramatta is highly revered for its Vietnamese food as well as other South-East Asian cuisines.
Visit one of the fresh produce grocers in Cabramatta for exotic fruits, fragrant Asian herbs and other specialty items. If you're not sure about a particular ingredient, just ask; shopkeepers and locals are often more than happy to explain how they can be used.
Most restaurants in Cabramatta have their own specialties. Try goi cuon (fresh rice paper rolls) at Phu Quoc, or banh xeo (crispy herb and bean sprout pancakes) at Thanh Bin. There are also Chinese, Thai, Laotian and Cambodian restaurants. Check out Iron Chef Chinese, Golden Harvest or Holy Basil.
If you're not sure where to start, sign up for a Cabramatta food tour. On Maeve O'Meara’s Gourmet Safaris you'll learn about Vietnamese food and culture, meet locals and enjoy a delicious lunch. I Ate My Way Through's tour explores Cabramatta’s culinary treasures and involves a progressive lunch.
Besides food, Cabramatta offers a huge range of exotic fabrics and haberdashery - high quality and reasonably priced. Much like the restaurants of Cabramatta, many stores have a particular niche, which could be anything from curtain and tablecloth fabrics, to fine lace, to cheery cotton prints.